Time trail 8: Rivers and springs, Beckenham Place Park

The River Ravensbourne runs through Beckenham Place Park. The stream rising at Caesar’s Well in Keston Common joins the main Ravensbourne at Bromley and flows into the Thames at Deptford. Rainfall on the North Downs soaks into the Chalk and Thanet Sand (both of which are permeable strata). The strata above them in the lower part of the valley are mainly impermeable and so keep the Chalk water beneath them contained under pressure however springs formed by upward “leakage” enlarge the river in Beckenham Place Park.

Nearest train station: Ravensbourne
Distance: 2.6 km (1.63 miles)

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